Leaky Chimney Repair
Nothing is more destructive to a chimney and your fireplace than leaks. Nothing is more destructive to your chimney and fireplace than leaks. Why? It's a very straightforward problem.
A leaky chimney will let water access your chimney and cause extensive harm. The area of your chimney that rises above your roof is exposed to a vast amount of elements such as rain, fog, and dew and can damage masonry chimneys, which are constructed from porous and therefore can absorb moisture much more quickly.
If a leaky chimney is not repaired quickly, it is at risk of spalling, which is when bricks and mortar begin to crumble and break loose; it can harm your roof when they fall.
The moisture can also cause mold and mildew to grow inside your chimney and spread to your attic and walls; if you have noticed dark areas forming around your fireplace, they could be mold. Here are some other signs you need to be on the lookout for if you suspect your chimney of leaking.
Signs of A Leaky Chimney
As discussed, a leaky chimney can be destructive and must be dealt with before it is out of control. Below are some of the most frequently occurring signs your chimney is leaking:
- Water is ponding against your chimney's damper or inside your fireplace's smoke shelf or firebox.
- Black mold is forming on the outside of your chimney.
- Dark water stains or mold are growing on your ceiling and walls around the fireplace.
- As previously mentioned, spalling is when bricks or stone become detached on the exterior of your fireplace and is a clear indication of leaks in your chimney.
Just as with brick and stone, a crown can crack and be damaged by water over time. Once a crown develops cracks, water will permeate and will erode the bricks.
The good news is our chimney sweeps will be able to quickly and professionally repair cracks in your chimney's crown and protect your chimney and fireplace below.
When water damage on the outside of your chimney starts to make its way inside your chimney, it could be disastrous. The lack of a chimney liner can cause moisture from your chimney's bricks or stone inside its flue, causing cracks and leaks.
We'll make sure to repair any minor damage and then apply a water sealant to your masonry to prevent water intrusion in the future.
What Can Be Done About a Leaky Chimney
The very first step in dealing with a leak is simple. Ensure that the crown on your chimney isn't cracked or covered. If your chimney's crown is exposed, it is left open to weather such as rain and hail. How do you stop those elements? Not to mention falling tree limbs that can crack the crown. The answer is a chimney cap, an affordable and sensible way to deal with the issue.
Let Oliver Twist Chimney & Fireplace Repair Your Leaky Chimney
If leaks are allowed to persist in your chimney, it is only a matter of time before it will have to be replaced and not fixed. Don't let things get that far out of hand; call us to set up an appointment with us if you are in Huntington Beach CA, Long Beach CA, Torrance CA, Anaheim CA, Santa Ana CA, Lake Forest CA, Mission Viejo CA, San Juan Capistrano CA, Costa Mesa CA or anywhere in the SoCal area.